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皆さん、お疲れ様です。(Mina-san, otsukaresama desu.) Well done everyone and welcome back to JapanesePod101.com’s Kantan kana. You now know how to read and write Hiragana.
Today, we are going to move out of the classroom and into the real world. We are going to review the Hiragana characters by taking a look at some actual signs in Tokyo. If you have problems reading any of the characters, brush up by reviewing some of the past 12 lessons. Are you ready? Then let’s take a look at some real world Hiragana.
Here is a word you might see often in Japanese restaurants. Can you read it? It says, やきとり(yakitori). Do you know what that is? How about now? やきとり(yakitori) is the word for “Grilled Chicken Skewers” and this picture was taken from a sign in front of a restaurant that specializes in やきとり(yakitori).
How about this sign? What does it say? It says あんまん(anman). Have you ever tried an あんまん(anman) before? It’s a steam bun with sweet bean paste filling and this picture comes from a restaurant menu board.
Let’s get off the subject of food for a bit and look at this poster of the Japanese world cup soccer team. Can you read the Hiragana? It says ありがとう(arigatō) as you may know, this means “thank you”. You will hear it a lot in Japan.
These characters might look a little different than what you are used to but can you understand it? It says となり(tonari). It means “neighbor” or “next door.” In this case, it’s the name of restaurant and the pictures of a sign above the entrance.
This one might also be tricky to read but can you do it? It says うなぎ(unagi), and it means “Grilled Eel”. This is on a sign in front of a restaurant and you will notice this one is a little bit less uniform in writing. It’s designed to look like it was written with a brush pen.
Here is one that might not look like writing at all. Any idea what it says? おかげさまで(o-kage-sama de) which means “thanks to you”. This is from a restaurant advertising its 5th Anniversary. They are thanking their customers for helping them stay open for 5 years.
And here is the last one for today. It’s a little bit less orderly than others because it’s handwritten. What does it say? It says おかず(okazu) which means side dishes to go with rice. This picture was taken off a street vendor's table. Like English or any other language, everyone has their own writing style. Don’t be alarmed if it looks a little different from what you’ve learned.
How was it? Although kanji gets a lot of attention, Hiragana is the cornerstone of Japanese. Make sure you are feeling comfortable with them before you move on.
In the next lesson, we will move on to the second alphabet of Japanese katakana. You are over halfway through learning all of the Japanese kana. You’ve done well to get this far. You’ve already learned an entirely new writing system. Katakana is coming up but it will be a lot easier to learn now since you’ve mastered Hiragana. I hope to see you all next time.

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October 1st, 2010 at 06:30 PM
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みなさん、こんにちは☆

How many of the signs were you able to read? :D

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October 16th, 2020 at 05:27 AM
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Mattさん

Thank you for the question😄

Because 皆さん、お疲れ様です is politer than 皆さん、お疲れ様.

In many cases, desu serves no grammatical purpose, but is used only to make the statement more polite.


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Mouse
October 15th, 2020 at 04:14 PM
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Thank you for the Hiragana lessons! They were extremely helpful!

ありがとうございます !

Matt
October 2nd, 2020 at 01:43 AM
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Can anyone explain why です is used in the phrase 皆さん、お疲れ様です

Thanks!

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August 14th, 2020 at 02:14 AM
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Marcos さん

Thank you for the question😄

It's anman. (You can click "rōmaji" button at the top of the vocabularies.

Also, there's a speaker button on the left of the vocabulary.)

Thank you for studying with us!


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Marcos
July 27th, 2020 at 01:45 AM
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Hello!

I don´t know how to pronounce "あんまん" (angman, anmang or ammang).

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June 11th, 2020 at 03:32 PM
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Serenaさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

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Serena
June 9th, 2020 at 02:10 AM
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I got all but one of them. The one that was really thick caligraphy. I did enjoy seeing all the ways in which hirgana can be written!

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May 29th, 2020 at 02:48 AM
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こんにちは Jenishさん


You're welcome. We hope you will find them helpful! 😇

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Jenish Pokhrel
May 26th, 2020 at 08:45 PM
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Thank you very much for the lessons.

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May 5th, 2020 at 10:23 PM
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コメントありがとうございます😄

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